So David Brooks is now a swing voter. He’s grown so disenchanted with the Republican leadership that he has started giving them advice on how to woo him back. For the most part, I agree with his advice and support his policy proposals. He advises the Republican leadership to “support stem cell research,” “spread assets,” and “raise taxes on carbon emissions”. Those are all important ideas. Unfortunately, they have zero chance of ever gaining the support of George Bush, let alone the Republican party. That’s why I’m a Democrat.
What I don’t understand is why Brooks isn’t a Democrat. Does he really expect Bush to change his mind on stem cells? Or reverse his tax cuts for the rich, which have concentrated assets? Or suddenly propose a tax on carbon? As far as I can tell, nobody but wonky Republican economists are even daydreaming of such policy shifts. However, if Brooks dared to look across the aisle he’d find a solid group of Democratic support for much of his agenda. If he were a genuine swing voter, he’d have given up on Bush and the Republicans a long time ago.